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'Chuck' Star Yvonne Strahovski Will Stitch Up Aaron Eckhart's Heart In 'I, Frankenstein'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 9:43 AM
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We have to admit, we had to look up to see if the NBC comedy "Chuck" was still on (for the record, it is). Anyway, it looks like one of the stars, Yvonne Strahovski, is making the big screen leap having taken a mostly thankless role in the mostly thankless "The Killer Elite," and now signing on to stitch together Aaron Eckhart's heart. Let us explain.

Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola & Jane Campion's Daughter Alice Englert To Star In Sally Potter's 'Bomb'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2011 9:22 AM
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There aren't many experimental video and performance artists who can also say they've directed a film starring international megastar Johnny Depp, but Sally Potter is one of them. Well, the only one. Making her feature debut with the 1983 Julie Christie film "The Gold Diggers," she came to international attention with her excellent 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf's "Orlando," starring Tilda Swinton, before going on to make "The Tango Lesson," "The Man Who Cried" (which starred Depp and Cate Blanchett), and the underrated, spoken-entirely-in-iambic-pentameter "Yes," with Joan Allen.

Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Bin Laden Drama Now Set For December 19, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 9:01 AM
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If you thought next month's calendar of movie releases was tight, you ain't seen nothing yet as December 2012 is already shaping up to be veritable car crash of Oscar contenders and blockbusters movies, with one more now stepping into the fray.

Review: 'The Muppets' Is Inspirational, Celebrational & One Of The Year's Best Films

  • By James Rocchi
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  • November 18, 2011 8:01 AM
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Watching "The Muppets," the Jason Segel-spearheaded effort to re-launch Jim Henson's furry friends and familiar faces into the new millennium after years of corporate tussling and fallow creative hibernation, I wasn't pulled in by having emblems of my youth shoved down my throat with the sickly-sweet toxic oil of retrograde fond remembrance and fuzzy post-modern self-awareness. Instead, I was engaged by the characters, the plot, the message and the medium of the Muppets themselves -- decidedly low-tech puppets in an age when computer-generated imagery makes the imagination both limitless and, too often, lifeless on-screen.

Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh Spies Other Plans, Won't Direct 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 18, 2011 12:32 AM
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Breaking news: after a long, drawn-out casting process between Warner Bros. and Steven Soderbergh, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker has decided to opt out and will not be directing "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," a project he and writer Scott Z. Burns have been developing since early 2010. Soderbergh was in meetings with WB brass this evening in Los Angeles and could not come to an agreement over casting and budgets and decided to part ways on the project.

Stephen Frears Goes 'Slumdog Millionaire,' Takes On 'The Bengali Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 11:36 PM
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It seems after the mammoth, Oscar-winning, box-office-breaking smash "Slumdog Millionaire," Fox Searchlight is doing everything they can to replicate that success. Next spring, the studio will release the elderly fish out of water tale, "The Best Marigold Hotel" with Dev Patel once again in the lead; and that's not the only Indian-flavored movie they have coming down the pipeline. Back in January, at Sundance, the studio picked up the rights to the hotly buzzed documentary "The Bengali Detective" but instead of releasing the movie, they're just gonna remake it instead (and maybe make it a meaty DVD extra down the line).

'Se7en' Writer Andrew Kevin Walker To Reteam With David Fincher Penning '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 11:03 PM
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By the time we got to the scene where Brad Pitt was agonizing over what was in the box, it was clear that writer Andrew Kevin Walker and director David Fincher had created something powerful in "Se7en." The duo haven't worked on a project together since, but not for a lack of trying. A couple of years ago they tried to get an adaptation of Max Erlich's "The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud" off the ground. Like a handful of other Fincher projects over the years, it fell to the wayside. Now, the helmer has enlisted his old friend for what may be his biggest movie yet.

Scarlett Johansson To Make Directorial Debut With Adaptation Of Truman Capote's 'Summer Crossing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 10:28 PM
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Ridley Scott Finds Another Film He'll Never Direct, Teaming With Gerard Butler For African Coup Drama

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 8:52 PM
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Natalie Portman Now Linked To Director's 'Gucci' Project Next year, Ridley Scott's twentieth film as director, "Alien" semi-prequel "Prometheus," will be released. The British helmer will also turn 75, and he has more films in development than most Hollywood studios; the director is attached to everything from political drama "Reykjavik" to board game adaptation "Monopoly" and, only announced a few hours ago, a biopic of turn-of-the-century explorer Gertrude Bell with Angelina Jolie. Just for good measure, another one found its way onto his dance card this evening.

Gavin Hood Picks 'Hugo' Star Asa Butterfield To Headline Adaptation Of 'Ender's Game'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 7:51 PM
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Casting is always a difficult proposition, but doubly so when it comes to finding an actor or actress on the younger end of the scale; picking a fledgling young star who doesn't come across as being too precious, while still being able to sell potentially difficult material. And it's triply difficult when you're working from well-established material, with all the preconceived notions that might be in place for an audience. These are the difficulties that director Gavin Hood has been faced with for his new film, "Ender's Game."

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